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PG&E Asks Customers to Conserve Energy This Week as Temperatures Heat Up Across California Utility Calls Critical Peak Pricing Event Tomorrow; CPP Customers to Start Energy Conservation during Peak Demand Hours

Release Date: May 14, 2008
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

Triple digit temperatures are forecast for many parts of California this week, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company is asking Critical Peak Pricing customers to voluntarily conserve energy.

PG&E does not anticipate any power supply shortages this week but does expect to see higher than average electricity demands for May. Therefore, the utility is declaring a Critical Peak Pricing (CPP) day tomorrow, urging its CPP business customers to conserve energy during peak demand hours of noon to 6:00 pm.

Energy conservation plays a key role in helping the state balance the demand for energy with available supply. PG&E expects to have sufficient electric supplies with adequate reserves for its customers in northern and central California, but customers can help ensure that supplies remain adequate by taking these simple steps:

Powerful Habits:

  • Set air conditioning thermostat at 78 degrees or higher (health permitting)
  • Cool with fans
  • Draw the drapes
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances
  • Use big appliances early in the day or later at night
PG&E will voluntarily curtail usage at its facilities throughout northern and central California during this conservation effort.

Through PG&E’s Critical Peak Pricing Program, business customers receive lower rates during the summer season in exchange for a higher rate during designated critical peak day hours on no more than 12 hot summer days when PG&E’s system demands increase and an event is initiated. Participating customers receive an event notification by noon on the business day before the CPP event is called. CPP customers receive 100 percent protection from energy bills higher than what they would have paid under normal rates for the first 12 consecutive months of program participation.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation, is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in northern and central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/about/.

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